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We Teach Our Kids To Tell the Truth, and Then We Lie About Santa. Is That OK?

We Teach Our Kids To Tell the Truth, and Then We Lie About Santa. Is That OK? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Melinda Wenner Moyer, Slate

 

We raise our kids to be truthful. We teach them about the laws of physics. And then we tell them that nine flying reindeer pull an immortal fat man and his sleigh through the sky so that he can deliver gifts to millions of kids around the world one night a year.

 

Is it bad that we lie to our kids about Santa?

 

First: Let go of any guilt you have about duping your kids. Santa belongs in the “good lie” pile because parents invoke him for their kids’ sake...

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week’s must-read article is by Adam Grant, author of New York Times bestseller, Give and Take. You already know how the right kind of praise develops kids’ intrinsic motivation and resilience. But Adam Grant talks about new research on how praise impacts kids’ moral development...

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Assessment and Testing: Resources for Parents

Assessment and Testing: Resources for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Roberta Furger, edutopia

 

We've compiled a list of resources to help families understand high-stakes testing, different forms of assessment, and school achievement data.

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Google Tip and Tricks for Conducting Online Research Infographic

Google Tip and Tricks for Conducting Online Research Infographic | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
At the Google Tip and Tricks for Conducting Online Research Infographic you will find crucial Google Tips and Tricks for conducting Online Research.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Some great tips and tricks here, even for younger students learning to refine their searches. 

 

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 24, 8:24 PM

This is a good infographic to add to your teaching and learning environment.

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IQ Tests and the SAT Measure Something Real and Consequential

IQ Tests and the SAT Measure Something Real and Consequential | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Z. Hambrick and Christopher Chabris, Slate

 

The College Board—the standardized testing behemoth that develops and administers the SAT and other tests—has redesigned its flagship product again. Beginning in spring 2016, the writing section will be optional, the reading section will no longer test “obscure” vocabulary words, and the math section will put more emphasis on solving...

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What Every Parent Needs to Know About Praise

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Praise | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

If you think you should always praise your child, you may be surprised to hear that research shows that praise--at least as we usually give it to children in this culture-- often backfires. 

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This is truly something every parent needs to know, and incorporate into their particular parenting philosophy, as they see fit.

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Why my family is opting out of the Common Core testing

Why my family is opting out of the Common Core testing | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Karen Klein, Los Angeles Times

 

Sixteen consecutive years of the state's standardized testing are now under my belt, all of them spent covering the accountability program as a journalist, as well as having one or more of my three children filling in bubbles in public school for the annual assessments. And on the 17th year, the last spring that I have a student scheduled for testing, it's time for a rest.

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Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95% | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Richard Perez-Pena, New York Times

 

Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are rejecting legions of students they once would have accepted.

 

Students applying to seven or more colleges made up just 9 percent of the applicant pool in 1990, but accounted for 29 percent in 2011, according to surveys by 

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Building an Effective School Board

Building an Effective School Board | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Emily Richmond, The Atlantic

 

A new report finds school board members with a background in public education are not better informed than their colleagues.

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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

A new PISA test topped education news the last few weeks. It tested the general problem-solving skills of students around the world. America’s students rank poorly on international math and language tests. So, policy wonks wonder how the U.S. economy continues to dominate. Could America’s students be better problem-solvers than subject matter test-takers? 

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What does today's technology mean for tomorrow's jobs? How does education fit in?

What does today's technology mean for tomorrow's jobs? How does education fit in? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

"The Future of Employment study makes clear that what matters most today is what you can do with what you know, rather than how much you know."   - Dr. Tony Wagner

What does today's technology mean for tomorrow's jobs and how can we bett...

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20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory

20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
We’ve scoured our brains and the internet for the best study hacks to help your brain remember information quicker and easier and ultimately help you do better in your exams. 1.

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Tom Perran's curator insight, April 1, 6:20 AM

Hi-tech, lo-tech and no-tech ways to improve your memory and your performance on exams.

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Thousands of parents pull kids from New York tests

Thousands of parents pull kids from New York tests | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by the Associated Press

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. — As most of New York's elementary students take state tests meant to show how they are faring under a heavier academic load, thousands of kids are sitting the tests out under instructions from their parents, who say the state relies so heavily on testing that it's interfering with learning.

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Why a Later School Start Time Improves Teens' Focus and Other Fascinating News on the Web

Why a Later School Start Time Improves Teens' Focus and Other Fascinating News on the Web | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Pell, Time

 

You snooze, you win!

 

 

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Obama, Biden Push for More Robust Job Training in High School, College - US News

Obama, Biden Push for More Robust Job Training in High School, College - US News | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Allie Bidwell, US News

 

A new skills program will make apprenticeship work transferable as college credit.

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Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory

Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Although forgetting is normal and vital to how the brain works, it sometimes happens in strange or unexplained ways.

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Inflated Research Claims Can Harm Children

Inflated Research Claims Can Harm Children | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Psychology Today

 

In our fame-seeking and data-driven world, the most outrageous claims made by “experts,” bloggers, and researchers often gain the most media attention. That’s because they create controversy that is widely disseminated on social media. In turn, controversy builds audiences and sells publications.     

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Online grade books earn A for info, F for stress

Online grade books earn A for info, F for stress | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel

 

Online grade book aid parents looking to help their kids keep on top of schoolwork, alerting them to problems in real time, long before a printed report card would go home. But the ability to see grades 24/7 can fuel parental hovering and student anxiety.

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Parents, You Can Test-Drive New Common Core Exams. Try It.

Parents, You Can Test-Drive New Common Core Exams. Try It. | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

Millions of American students this spring are piloting new online standardized tests linked to the Common Core State Standards, which will debut next year in states that have adopted the standards. The main reason for the trial run is to see if computer systems are ready to handle millions of students logging on to take …

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"Unprecedented" numbers opt out of state tests--what's next?

"Unprecedented" numbers opt out of state tests--what's next? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, Hechinger Report

 

Today students in New York State begin three days of state-mandated tests in English language arts.  But thousands of families across the state, from Syracuse and Buffalo to the Hudson Valley, Long Island to New York City, will sit out the tests, citing concerns with their relevance and the sense that the curriculum has been …

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America's Most Challenging High Schools: Annual Ranking by The Washington Post

America's Most Challenging High Schools: Annual Ranking by The Washington Post | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.

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3 reasons students should opt out of standardized tests -- and 3 reasons they shouldn’t

3 reasons students should opt out of standardized tests -- and 3 reasons they shouldn’t | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

Now that spring is finally here, kids cooped up during this particularly brutal winter might be looking forward to enjoying some sunshine. Many will have to control the wiggles a little longer, though. It’s standardized testing season, which means silent hallways, desks arranged in rows, and for many kids, a lot of anxiety until it’s …

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The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It)

The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It) | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Here's a look into the basics of memory: how it works, what types of memory there are and why our memories aren’t as reliable as we think.

Via Dr Mark Weyers
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Here's an easy to understand explanation of working memory.

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Daniel Goleman on 3 Common Misconceptions About Focus

Daniel Goleman on 3 Common Misconceptions About Focus | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Daniel Goleman, author of Focus, debunks common myths circulating about how we concentrate.

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Why is this Common Core math problem so hard? Supporters respond to quiz that went viral

Why is this Common Core math problem so hard? Supporters respond to quiz that went viral | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

It may be the first time a math problem has gone viral on the Internet. A frustrated father posted a subtraction problem from his second-grade son’s math quiz on Facebook this week with a note to the teacher calling it ridiculous. Conservative pundits, including Glenn Beck, seized on it as evidence that the new standards …

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Electric ‘thinking cap’ can help you learn faster, better

Electric ‘thinking cap’ can help you learn faster, better | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Robert Reinhart applies the electrical stimulus to subject Laura McClenahan. After 20 minutes the headband is removed and the EEG cap will capture readings of
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Cracks me up, but I'm game.

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